BWplayer Adware

Also Known As: BWplayer potentially unwanted application
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

BWplayer removal instructions

What is BWplayer?

BWplayer is promoted as a tool that supposedly delivers 'useful' features and functions. In fact, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and an adware-type program. Apps of this type usually display advertisements and sometimes also record user-system information.

BWplayer adware

Typically, adware-type apps serve online ads such as pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. Being forced to see these ads can be annoying, especially since they conceal underlying content of opened websites. When clicked, they often redirect to dubious, potentially malicious websites or execute scripts that download and install unwanted software. Some installed PUAs might also collect targeted information such as geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, and other data of this kind. PUAs also record personal details. Developers use these apps not only gather information, but also share it with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To avoid privacy issues or problems relating to browsing safety, uninstall adware-type and other unwanted apps immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name BWplayer potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.
Detection Names Ad-Aware (Trojan.GenericKD.40640729), Emsisoft (Trojan.GenericKD.40640729 (B)), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.40640729), McAfee (Artemis!0DDA73D11533), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Related Domain(s) tgoldenera.com
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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Adware apps with similar behavior to BWplayer include PowerGamesNetwork, AdsRemoved - AdBlocker & PopUp Blocker, and MyPersonalPDF. There are many others. Typically, these apps are presented as legitimate, however, most provide no real value. On the contrary, they cause a number of serious problems.

How did BWplayer install on my computer?

Adware-type and other PUAs can be downloaded from their websites, however, people mostly install them unintentionally when they click intrusive ads that download and install unwanted apps or when they improperly download and install software. Developers often attempt to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They include unwanted apps into set-ups of other (usually free) software. They hide the details in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. Furthermore, many users download and install software without checking available settings and options. In this way, they unintentionally grant permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use trustworthy sources (official websites) to download software and avoid using third party software downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks and other channels of this kind. Install software with care. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other download or installation settings - deselect offers to install, download unwanted apps. Additionally, ensure that there are no checkboxes ticked by default. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, since, once clicked, they often redirect users to  untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you expeirence unwanted redirects or intrusive ads, check installed plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions on your browser, and programs on your computer. Uninstall all suspicious/unknown entries (applications or programs) immediately. If your computer is already infected with BWplayer, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of BWplayer executable file identified as a threat on the VirusTotal website:

virus total identifies bwplayer as a threat

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Quick menu:

BWplayer adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

BWplayer adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BWplayer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes BWplayer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove BWplayer adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, BWplayer did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing BWplayer ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing BWplayer ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bwplayer potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing BWplayer  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing BWplayer ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bwplayer potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing BWplayer ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing BWplayer ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with bwplayer potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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